Was 57-year-old Shawn Kilums arrested in Florida for tranquilizing and raping alligators in the Everglades? No, that's not true, the story was made up by a "fauxtire" site that invents tales of bizarre crimes and sex acts purely for entertainment purposes and then makes money through advertising. The story did not happen for real.
FLORIDA - A Florida man has been arrested after authorities report he was tranquilizing alligators in the everglades and then raping them.
57 year old Shawn Kilums was found by Florida authorities in the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with a tranquilized alligator Sunday afternoon. Authorities say they tazed Shawn as he was not following police orders, police say Shawn was also high on crystal meth.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail and many mistook it for a real news report, despite the telling "Florida Man" in the headline:
FLORIDA - A Florida man has been arrested after authorities report he was tranquilizing alligators in the everglades and then raping them. 57 year old Shawn Kilums was found by Florida authorities in the act of engaging in sexual intercourse with a...
The man pictured with the story is apparently named Robert Prosser from Ohio and we found his mugshot in this 2010 gallery where it is claimed he was arrested for growing marijuana and posession of a firearm:
Ohio man Robert Prosser, 49, was arrested in July 2010 for allegedly growing marijuana at his home, which was located near a school, according to CBS affiliate WKRC. Prosser was also allegedly in possession...
Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:
Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!
According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.
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